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Korean Movies Welcomed to Toronto International Film Festival

2006/08/04 Source

Some Korean movies are warmly welcomed to the 31st Toronto International Film Festival, which will be held in Toronto from September 7 through 16. it is the biggest non-competitive film festival in the North American region.

First of all, "Family Ties" ("The Birth of a Family") (2006) of director Kim Tae-yong is invited to the Discovery section of the film festival, which introduces new and emerging filmmakers in the world. 13 films are selected in the section this year, and they are competing for $10,000 prize.

Even though the movie event is non-competitive one, there is a special prize awarded by groups sponsoring the festival in each section. Last year, "Sa-Kwa" ("Apple") of director Kang Yi-kwan was included in this section.

"The King and the Clown" (2005) of director Lee Joon-ik and "The Host" (2006) of director Bong Joon-ho are also invited to the festival.

The Korean movie "The King and the Clown" is selected at the Discovery section with Family Ties("The Birth of a Family"). "The Host" is picked up for the Midnight Madness section, which features weird and wonderful movies including thrillers, chillers and documentaries from directors in the world. SF, comedy, and horror movies are usually invited to this section.

The Korean movie "Time" (2006) of director Kim Ki-duk is invited to the Visions section, which showcases outstanding works challenging mainstream cinema and exploring new movie genres.

According to the website of the movie festival, the Visions section includes a exciting program featuring the works of brazen newcomers and veteran filmmakers alike, pushing the boundaries of contemporary cinema".

Director Kim Ki-duk has been already invited by Toronto International Film Festival four times during last several years. His recent film "Time" is again selected in this festival, and he becomes the most frequently invited Korean director in this festival.

By Rhai-kyoung Lee

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